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                                                                                                                                                            Summer 2006


             SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
                                                                                                                                     NEWS
          Bacteria that
          fight back
                                                                                                         Antibiotic
                                                                                                         entering                   Antibiotic
                                                                                                         the cell                   pumped out
                                                                                                                                    of the cell
             By Kenna Bruner
             Office of Public Relations

             Due to global overuse and misuse of antibiotics, wonder
          drugs developed in the 20th century are not only becoming
          ineffective against the microbes they were designed to
          fight, but the drugs themselves are contributing to the
          growing worldwide problem of drug-resistant bacteria.

              Microbes thought defeated long ago, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are
          mutating to resist not just the first line of pharmacological defense, but the
                                                                                                                                         Lipid
          drugs of last resort. When these bacteria overrun a weakened immune system,                                                    bilayers
          the person suffers a life-threatening infection.
              In order to defeat this deadly pathogen, researchers at the CU School of
          Pharmacy first must know their enemy, and what they’ve discovered so far is
          that Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a fascinating adversary. Pseudomonas deploy
          multiple levels of defense and will even cooperate with each other to resist the
          effects of antibiotics.                                                                   Pores
              Rose Jung, PharmD, assistant professor in the Department of Clinical
          Pharmacy at the CU School of Pharmacy, and Ty Kiser, PharmD, a fellow in
          critical care and infectious disease at the school, are mercenaries in a high
          stakes microscopic war.
              “Misuse and mismanagement of antibiotics have contributed to drug resist-
          ance,” said Dr. Jung. “Antibiotics can be our friend, but not all illnesses require
          antibiotics. Educating people about this is very important.”
              Until a few years ago, multi-drug resistant infections from Pseudomonas
          bacteria were unheard of outside hospitals where the concentration of chroni-         Pseudomonas exhibits a frightening ability to expel the very antibiotics that are sup-
          cally ill patients, hands-on medical care and broad use of antibiotics contribute     posed to kill them. Illustration by Laurie O’Keefe, medical/biological illustrations.
          to an environment ripe for cultivating hardy bacteria strains. Antibiotic-defiant
                                                       Pseudomonas account for more             good microbes are destroyed as a result, the drug-resistant bacteria move in,
                                                       than 10 percent of all hospital-         take up residence and flourish.
                                                       acquired infections, according to            Throughout the world today, nearly all significant bacterial infections are
                                                       the Centers for Disease Control          becoming drug-resistant, according to Drs. Jung and Kiser. The CDC calls
                                                       and Prevention (CDC). And resist-        antibiotic resistance one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.
                                                       ant strains are now infecting people         The World Health Organization reports that worldwide, 60 percent of hos-
                                                       without a connection to a hospital.      pital-acquired infections become drug-resistant. Estimates are that infections
                                                           Notorious for its resistance to      from drug-resistant bacteria kill 40,000 people in this country each year.
                                                       antibiotics, Pseudomonas aeruginosa          Pseudomonas bacteria are living benignly in the intestines of about 3 per-
                                                       is an opportunistic pathogen that        cent of the world’s population or about nine million Americans. When a
                                                       causes complicated and life-threat-      healthy body undergoes significant physical stress due to surgery, injury or a
                                                       ening infections. Although the bac-      disease such as cancer, the bacteria respond by storming out of the gut to run
                                                       teria do not usually pose a threat to    amok in the bloodstream. Once established, they are difficult to eradicate.
                                                       a healthy person, Pseudomonas aerug-         Worrisome, and yet oddly fascinating, is the ability of Pseudomonas bacte-
                                                       inosa can be passed from one per-        ria to adapt and survive despite an onslaught on antibiotic treatments. These
                                                       son to another, causing grave infec-     single cell organisms’ ability to fend off drugs is remarkably sophisticated and
                                                       tions in someone with a compro-          nothing short of amazing.
                                                       mised immune system or recover-              “There are a lot of things we don’t know about this bacteria,” said Dr. Jung,
                                                       ing from an operation. It is a fre-      “but we do know they are more intelligent than other bacteria.”
                                                       quent cause of hospital-acquired             The researchers will often stain Pseudomonas to highlight it under the
                                                        infections such as pneumonia, uri-      microscope. Glowing an eerie blue-green, they reveal a sophisticated arsenal for
          Rose Jung, PharmD, left, and Ty Kiser,        nary tract infections and bac-          survival. A unique mechanism developed by Pseudomonas is their efflux
          PharmD, in their laboratory in the CU         teremia.                                pumps that discharge waste materials from inside the organism, including
          School of Pharmacy.                               “One of the scariest things         antibiotics and other drugs. The efflux pumps operate like a sump pump in the
          about these bacteria,” said Dr. Kiser, “is that there aren’t many new drugs in        basement of a house; as soon as antibiotics get into the bacterium, the drug is
          the pipeline to fight them. We’re seeing strains of Pseudomonas that are resist-      immediately pumped back out.
          ant to about all the antibiotics we have.”                                                These chameleon-like bacteria will develop a bio-film, a slimy material they
              Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces or        produce when threatened, so that drugs slide right off. The wily bacteria con-
          eliminates the effectiveness of the drugs. These changed bacteria survive and         coct enzymes that break apart the antibiotic molecules; they change bonding
          thrive, making them tougher to fight with available drugs. Antibiotics pre-           sites to keep drugs from docking onto them and they alter their genes to
          scribed for decades to fight infection also indiscriminately cut a swath through
          microbe communities living in the body destroying normal bacteria. When                                                            Continued on Page 2...
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                                                  S CHOOL                  OF        P HARMACY                       NEWS                                    Summer 2006


          Edward Skaff closes his pharmacy and opens new business
             By Kenna Bruner                                                                                                                        He opened his first store in
             Office of Public Relations                                                                                                         1962 in Evergreen, Colo. Two
                                                                                                                                                other stores followed, one in Aspen
              In the School of Pharmacy room                                                                                                    Park near Conifer, and another in
          that bears his name, Edward Skaff,                                                                                                    Idaho Springs. The Evergreen loca-
          BS ’59, reflected on his decision to                                                                                                  tion was the first to open and the
          leave retail pharmacy after 44 years                                                                                                  last to close.
          to start a new business venture.                                                                                                          In those early days, his salary
              The pharmacy career that                                                                                                          from the first store was a whopping
          brought him satisfaction and joy                                                                                                      $400 a month. He sold hand lotion
          for so many years had become frus-                                                                                                    he whipped up in his home
          trating due to burdensome man-                                                                                                        kitchen. Less than 10 percent of the
          aged care regulations, third-party                                                                                                    drugs on the shelf today were avail-
          prescriptions and shrinking profit                                                                                                    able 40 years ago, he says, and it
          margins. It was time to try some-                                                                                                     was possible to stock a pharmacy
          thing new, and he didn’t have to go                                                                                                   for $20,000 compared to today’s
          far to find it.                                                                                                                       cost of $250,000.
              Skaff sold his Evergreen Drugs                                                                                                        Skaff’s stores were at the heart
          pharmacy to Safeway and this sum-                                                                                                     and soul of the communities and
                                                      Standing next to a painting of the original location of his first retail pharmacy store
          mer is opening a liquor store that                                                                                                    provided customers with more than
                                                      in Evergreen, Colo., Edward Skaff reminisces about his 44 years as an independ-
          features a walk-in wine cellar, a                                                                                                     medications and personalized
                                                      ent retail pharmacist.
          wine-tasting room and a walk-in                                                                                                       patient care. They were general
          cigar humidor. Since the three                                                                                                        stores where residents in those
          pharmacies he has owned in                  filling more than 90 percent of its          start of Medicare’s new prescrip-            small communities could buy a
          Colorado had liquor licenses, he is         prescriptions for third-party insur-         tion drug benefit and its often slow         variety of merchandise, from greet-
          already familiar with the retail            ance companies that dictate what             reimbursement.                               ing cards and gifts, to fabric and
          liquor business.                            drugs and manufacturers to use.                  “Prescription Benefit Managers           fountain pens.
              His decision to close the stores        Mail order prescription filling is           (PBMs) dictate where a patient                   The heartfelt comments and let-
          was difficult, he says, and caused by       becoming mandatory in many                   must get a prescription filled and           ters to the editor in Evergreen’s
          multiple factors. With the rising           cases, preventing patients from              what the price is,” said Skaff. “So a        newspaper attest to the void left by
          control wielded by managed health           using their local pharmacy at all.           pharmacist becomes a billing agent           his pharmacy’s closing. And while
          care, an independent pharmacy is                 Added to the mix was the rocky          rather than a health consultant.             he’s leaving pharmacy practice with
                                                                                                   Pharmacists today have a lot of              conflicted feelings, Skaff neverthe-
                                                                                                   challenges ahead of them.” (PBMs             less remains optimistic that the pro-
          Bacteria that Fight Back                                                                 monitor prescription claims for              fession is being left in the capable
          Continued from page 1                                                                    managed care organizations track-            hands of students graduating from
                                                                                                   ing the drugs and pharmaceuticals            the School of Pharmacy. A long-
          adversely affect the different antibi-          In the meantime, a significant           that are prescribed by a plan's par-         time supporter, Skaff says it’s
          otics that are used against them.           number of hospital patients must
                                                                                                   ticipating physicians.)                      important to give back to the
              And like in old Western movies          face infection virtually unarmed,
                                                                                                       Skaff’s interest in retail business      school that helped make him a suc-
          when the pioneers would circle their        since our antibiotic arsenal is becom-
          wagons to defend themselves against         ing increasingly compromised. Drs.           began early when he worked in his            cessful pharmacist with a thriving
          marauders, microscopic Pseudo-              Jung and Kiser conducted a national          father’s grocery store in the San            business.
          monas bacteria in effect do the same.       survey contacting Intensive Care             Luis Valley of southern Colorado.                “The school gave me a good
          They form Lilliputian “villages” by         Units around the country. Survey             Not content to follow in his father’s        foundation in pharmacy and a
          connecting with each other in order         results show that in the last five years,    footsteps, Skaff decided to combine          career that I’ve loved,” he said. “I
          to escape attack from drugs and the         there has been a dramatic increase in        retail with his other interests in           would like others to go on with a
          body’s white blood cells. It appears,       the number of multi-drug resistant           medicine, health and science.                career in pharmacy and I hope the
          say Drs. Jung and Kiser, that in the        bacteria, meaning the bacteria can’t         Retail pharmacy was the perfect fit          independent businesses survive.”
          middle of these villages are roadways       be treated with any known antibi-            for him.
          by which the bacteria can transport         otics.
          and share nutrients.                            In 2000, 14 percent of all bacteria
              In what may be Pseudomonas’             were resistant to marketed antibiotics,
          most amazing feat, they communicate         according to their study. That trans-           S CHOOL             OF      P HARMACYNEWS
          with each other. Drs. Jung and Kiser        lates to one out of five patients infect-
          believe that the bacteria produce cer-      ed with bacteria who did not respond
          tain types of chemicals allowing for        to any drug treatment.                          Louis Diamond, PhD                        Kenna Bruner
          communication.                                  “There are times when we have to             Dean, School of Pharmacy                  Communications Specialist
              “These bacteria are so smart.           tell a patient there are no more antibi-                                                   Office of Public Relations
          We’re seeing all kinds of different         otics to use. People are dying because          Susan Saunders
          mechanisms of resistance,” said Kiser.      of it,” said Jung.                                Assistant to the Dean                   School of Pharmacy
          “What we’re trying to do is figure              What Jung and Kiser hope their                School of Pharmacy                      Mail Stop C-238
                                                      research ultimately accomplishes is an
                                                                                                                                                UCDHSC
          them out and learn what kinds of
                                                                                                      Catherine Bedell                          4200 E. Ninth Ave.
          pumps they are expressing, which            understanding of this dangerous yet
                                                                                                       Director of UCHSC Office                 Denver, CO 80262
          pumps affect different drugs, and if        intriguing pathogen in order to break
                                                                                                       of Public Relations
          there is a way we can affect the pumps      through its many defenses. They’re                                                        SOP.alumni@UCHSC.edu
          to utilize antibiotics that will kill the   working as if our lives depend on it –          Mitzi Schindler
          bacteria and treat the patient.”            because they do.                                 Director of Publications                 http://www.uchsc.edu/sop
                                                                                                       Office of Public Relations
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                                                S CHOOL               OF      P HARMACY               NEWS                                            PAGE   3
          Dr. John Carpenter to
          serve on FDA committee                                                            Alumnus celebrates
              The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has appointed John
                                                                                            his Italian heritage
          Carpenter, PhD, to serve on its Advisory Committee on Pharmaceutical
          Sciences.                                                                          By Kenna Bruner
              The FDA describes the function of the committee to “…provide advice            Office of Public Relations
          on scientific and technical issues concerning the safety and effectiveness of
          human generic drug products for use in the treatment of a broad spectrum            On a crisp fall day in 2004,
          of human diseases…, to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.                      John Panepinto, BS 1965,
              “The committee may also review agency sponsored intramural and              walked past the Christopher
          extramural biomedical research programs in support of FDA’s generic             Columbus monument by the
          drug regulatory responsibilities.” The 13 committee members “are select-        library in Pueblo, Colo., as he
          ed by the commissioner from among authorities knowledgeable in the              had done innumerable times
          fields of pharmaceutical manufacturing, clinical pharmacology, pharma-          before. But on that particular
          cokinetics, bioavailability and bioequivalence research, the design and         day, he happened to stop and
          evaluation of clinical trials, laboratory analytical techniques, pharmaceuti-   read the plaque on the statue.
          cal chemistry, physiochemistry, biochemistry, biostatistics and related bio-    It was then that he realized
          medical and pharmacological specialties.”                                       the monument erected in
              Dr. Carpenter’s research experience and views on protein therapeutics       1905 would turn 100 in 2005.
          will have a positive impact on the drug reviews and policy recommenda-              A second generation
          tions coming from this committee.                                               Italian-American and charter
                                                                                          member of the Pueblo chap-                 John Panepinto, BS
                                                                                          ter of the Order Sons of Italy
                                                                                          in America, Panepinto didn’t want such a significant date to pass
               Cultural sensitivity is threaded                                           unnoticed. His desire to observe the anniversary of the day the mon-
                                                                                          ument was dedicated a century ago led to a commemorative publi-
                through course curriculum                                                 cation of Italian-Americans’ history in Pueblo and a special
                                                                                          Columbus Day observance in 2005.
                  The School of Pharmacy’s ongoing commitment to promoting
                                                                                              The project was shaped by a respect for the bravery and passion
              and enhancing cultural diversity has culminated in a program
                                                                                          of Italian immigrants who arrived in Colorado seeking a better life.
              whose focus is as diverse as the patients that students encounter in
                                                                                          Pueblo County has 150,000 residents – 15 to 20 percent of whom
              practice.
                                                                                          are of Italian descent. Panepinto hoped they would feel a sense of
                  The Cultural Competency Education Program integrates cul-
                                                                                          connection to their roots and to the community.
              tural competency and sensitivity throughout the curriculum to
                                                                                              “As a group, we wanted to pay homage to the pioneer folks who
              assure that graduates enter practice able to provide competent care
                                                                                          came to Colorado with nothing but a dream to make a new a life for
              to an increasingly diverse population of patients.
                                                                                          themselves,” said Panepinto, a pharmacist and staff manager at
                  “As a pharmacist, you don’t know who is going to walk through
                                                                                          Albertsons Grocery Warehouse. “They were so grateful for the
              the door asking for your help,” said Ralph Altiere, PhD, associate
                                                                                          opportunity to live here that they wanted to honor Columbus who
              dean for academic affairs. “A student who graduates from our
                                                                                          had opened up a new world to them where they could celebrate
              school must be a part of the solution, to actively address health dis-
                                                                                          their freedom. I felt like they deserved the recognition.”
              parities and provide services where they’re needed.”
                                                                                              The School of Pharmacy alumnus strove to make the 100th
                  In didactic courses, cultural competency education focuses on
                                                                                          anniversary celebration publication a medium for celebrating the
              therapeutics issues, such as the differences among groups in preva-
                                                                                          community’s Italian background. The book illustrates the cultural
              lence of diseases and differences in response to specific medica-
                                                                                          richness of the Pueblo area and features historic photographs, sto-
              tions. Groups are defined by age, gender, ethnicity and race.
                                                                                          ries and family histories.
                  In the professional skills development courses, students learn
                                                                                              The national Sons of Italy organization is using the publication
              skills associated with pharmacy practice. Two activities that incor-
                                                                                          as a model for its other lodges to follow.
              porate cultural competency education are simulated patient
                                                                                              The bust of Columbus on a marble pedestal was presented to the
              encounters and case-based studies in which students must resolve
                                                                                          city of Pueblo by the Christopher Columbus Lodge and Columbian
              cases and make recommendations on drug therapy for a variety of
                                                                                          Federation of Italian Societies in the United States. The lodge pres-
              disease states and conditions.
                                                                                          ident at the time was from Pueblo and was instrumental in getting
                  Students work up cases from patient charts while taking into
                                                                                          the statue placed there. In 1905, Colorado became the first state to
              consideration such factors as insurance, financial constraints, rela-
                                                                                          observe a special day honoring the Italian explorer.
              tionships, mental history, chronic conditions and medications.
                                                                                              A highlight of the project for Panepinto was learning about the
                  More cultural competency education occurs in active learning
                                                                                          family histories of people in the community. He learned that the
              courses. Students provide patient counseling and clinical pharma-
                                                                                          grandparents of one of his friends came to Pueblo from the same vil-
              cy services that focus on rural and underserved minority popula-
                                                                                          lage in Sicily as his own grandparents. The immigrants – grandpar-
              tions through programs at community health centers, health fairs
                                                                                          ents of many in the Sons of Italy lodge – worked in the mines and
              and brown bag sessions.
                                                                                          smelters or farmed or owned grocery stores.
                  “We teach them to treat the whole patient, not just the medical
                                                                                              “Many of us remember the stories our grandparents told, but
              condition,” said Connie Valdez, PharmD, MSEd, an instructor in
                                                                                          we’ll be losing that history someday, so that’s why I was pushing for
              Professional Skills Development courses. “Students must look at
                                                                                          the book,” he said. “If we don’t try to save those stories, they will
              whether medication is feasible, does it fit in with the patient’s cul-
                                                                                          someday be gone.”
              ture, and can they afford it. A student told me she now looks at a
                                                                                              For copies of the booklet call 719-561-8966 or e-mail regina-
              patient as a person, not as chart or prescription.
                                                                                          john@comcast.net
                  That, to me, is success.”
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                                                S CHOOL               OF      P HARMACY                    NEWS                                   Summer 2006


          What will the pharmacy profession look like in 2015?
             By Kenna Bruner                                                                                                         tice should look like in 2015.”
             Office of Public Relations                                                                                                  To illustrate her point, Dr.
                                                                                                                                     Maine talked about A Whole New
              By the year 2015, pharmacists                                                                                          Mind, a book by Daniel Pink that
          will be the primary health care pro-                                                                                       has become her “bible” for describ-
          fessionals responsible for providing                                                                                       ing how the pharmacy practice of
          patient care that ensures optimal                                                                                          the future must evolve. The infor-
          medication therapy outcomes,                                                                                               mation age is giving way to the con-
          according to Lucinda Maine, PhD,                                                                                           ceptual age, according to the book,
          vice president and CEO of the                                                                                              and the successful worker of the
          American Association of Colleges                                                                                           future must integrate creative com-
          of Pharmacy in Alexandria, Va.                                                                                             plex processing with the knowledge
              Dr. Maine’s presentation to fac-                                                                                       and analytical side of the brain.
          ulty and students at the annual                                                                                                “Being able to take complex
                                                   Lucinda Maine, PhD, talks with pharmacy students at a reception following her     processes, like chronically-ill
          Marguerite Holden Lecture on Feb.
                                                   presentation on what the future may hold for the profession.                      patients with three or four co-mor-
          10 focused on the consensus state-
          ment titled Future Vision of                                                                                               bidities and 12 concurrently pre-
          Pharmacy Practice composed by the        report released by the Institute of     a drug and a doctor prescribes it,        scribed therapies, some of which
          Joint Commission of Pharmacy             Medicine which stated that as many      it’s not always true that the drug is     are high tech and require careful
          Practitioners (JCPP).                    as 100,000 people die every year        safe,” she said. “Medication use is       management, and bring the
              As primary medication therapy        due to medical errors. That report      complex. It takes a real expert, sup-     processes together in one treatment
          managers, pharmacists will interact      and others since have stated that       ported in a system that allows that       plan is what pharmacists do.
          with patients and health care pro-       medications that fail to perform in     expertise to be put to good use to            Pharmacists bring together all
          fessionals from other disciplines to     the way they are intended or that       avoid unintended consequences of          levels of complexity in their work,”
          be the most trusted and accessible       are not well managed can cause          medication use. If we use pharma-         she said. “This is truly expertise
          source of medications.                   patient deaths as well.                 cists’ talents correctly and collabo-     unparalleled.”
              “Nobody else comes close to             “The evidence is unassailable,       ratively, it really does make a differ-
          knowing what you as students             that just because the FDA approves      ence. That’s what pharmacy prac-
          already know about medication,”
          said Dr. Maine. “We can point to
          practices across the country in all
                                                   Clinical pharmacy instructor invited to Japan
          setting where pharmacists have               For 16 days in March, Joseph
          made a difference in the way             Saseen, PharmD, shared his expert-
          patients understand and use their        ise in clinical pharmacy with phar-
          medications, thus saving lives, sav-     macists and educators in Japan.
          ing dollars, and maybe saving our            An associate professor in clini-
          profession.”                             cal pharmacy at the School of
              The JCPP articulated the vision      Pharmacy, Dr. Saseen was invited
          for how pharmacy could be prac-          by Japan’s Ministry of Health,
          ticed in 2015 and how the profes-        Welfare and Labor to participate as
          sion     will    benefit      society.   a visiting professor in the Project
          Established in 1977, the JCPP            for the Promotion of Advanced
          serves as a forum for discussion on      Research on Medical Safety.
          issues of importance to the phar-            Pharmacy education in Japan is
          macy profession. Chief executive         undergoing a significant change.
          and elected officers of national         Four-year degree programs are           Joseph Saseen, PharmD, (center) shares his expertise on pharmacy education with
          pharmacy organizations meet regu-        expanding to a six-year degree, as is   Japanese educators.
          larly to discuss critical issues and     the standard in the United States.
          consider what the profession’s           Pharmacy education in Japan has          focus toward a more balanced pro-        on Incorporating Evidence Based
          future might look like. The culmi-       traditionally focused on pharma-         gram that will include enhanced          Medicine into Clinical Pharmacy
          nation of the most recent planning       ceutical science over clinical phar-     instruction on pharmacotherapy           Practice Education, and a plenary
          efforts was the endorsement in           macy. A sweeping redesign of the         and evidence based medicine.             session on Educating Clinical
          2004 of pharmacy’s 2015 vision.          curriculum is underway to shift the      Their experiential training compo-       Pharmacists to Improve Public
              “We have essentially been saying                                                              nent has been 12         Health by Reducing Cardiovascular
          this is pharmacy’s future since                                                                   to 18 weeks, while       Disease in various settings in Tokyo
          1989, so why did we think it would                                                                in Colorado, stu-        and surrounding prefectures.
          make any difference for us to put it                                                              dents get 42 weeks          “I looked at what their needs
          on paper,” said Dr. Maine.                                                                        of clinical experi-      were and made recommendations
          “Because the change we wrestled                                                                   ence.                    based on how we teach students evi-
          over, worried about, and finally                                                                     Dr.      Saseen,      dence based medicine and how we
          implemented in the 1990s – that                                                                   who also holds an        integrate evidence based medicine
          every graduate of every college of                                                                appointment in           into our therapeutics instruction,”
          pharmacy in the United States fin-                                                                the School of            said Dr. Saseen. “The comparison
          ishes school with a doctor of phar-                                                               Medicine, teaching       was like night and day. I came back
          macy degree – is attributed as a                                                                  family medicine          with the realization that the phar-
          driver that would make the most                                                                   residents    about       macy profession in America is a lot
          difference.”                             Dr. Saseen (right) meets with pharmacists in Tokyo.      medication, pre-         more advanced than we think it is.”
              Dr. Maine also referenced a                                                                   sented a seminar
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                                                S CHOOL               OF      P HARMACY                     NEWS                                               PAGE     5
          Students gain experience at Colorado Area Health Education Centers
              Most people do not know how                                                   strange new country.                      mined to return to the education
          much effort goes on behind the                                                        This is only a small part of          system and learn all she could about
          scenes to set up a rotation experi-                                               the story of a young                      medicine and in turn, help others
          ence outside the Denver-Metro area.                                               Vietnamese girl who came to               who were ill. With great criticism
              Practice sites anywhere beyond a                                              America for the same reasons              from her family in California, she
          reasonable daily commuting dis-                                                   our forefathers did genera-               applied and was accepted into the
          tance require a six-week relocation                                               tions ago: freedom and oppor-             School of Pharmacy. The rest is her
          for each student. There is not time                                               tunity. Huong struggled,                  story of success.
          between rotations for a student to                                                became a successful hair dress-               Huong has truly become one of
          conduct a search for an apartment                                                 er in California and had 15               our family and she loves rural
          nor is a stay at the local YMCA a       Huong Pham and her host family in         employees working under her               Colorado. She currently is working
          likely option. Instead the School of    Trinidad, Colo.                           direction. She had become self            as a pharmacist at Wal-Mart in
          Pharmacy’s Office of Experiential                                                 sufficient and sponsored many             Trinidad, Colo. She and a nephew
          Training must ensure reasonable         have room for them nor could she more of her family members to                      she is helping through college have
          housing for students during their       afford more mouths to feed. Huong become American citizens.                         spent holidays and other special
          time on these rotations. That num-      found herself and two brothers          When her mother became ill,                 times with us.
          ber is approaching 200 per year.        sleeping on the streets, covered with Huong felt helpless as she watched
              Much of the effort is accom-        newspapers to keep warm in a her mother die. She was deter-                         Continued on Page 7...
          plished with the dedicated help of
          the Colorado Area Health                Pharmacists provide health care to villagers in Ecuador
          Education Centers (Colorado
          AHECs). The AHEC system is a                On a crisp March morning, high                                                             worked well as a team and
          community and academic partner-         in the Andes Mountains of                                                                      served as valuable resources
          ship involving USDHSC and the           Ecuador, the people of the                                                                     for each other.”
          five AHECs, each serving a desig-       Ecuadorian village, Sangolqui,                                                                     “When doctors would
          nated region of the state. These are    patiently wait for a makeshift health                                                          prescribe medications we
          agencies whose mission is to            clinic to open. They come seeking                                                              didn’t have, Sarah and I
          enhance health care in rural            help for a mix of maladies, from                                                               had to make a professional
          Colorado communities and, as part       coughs and hypertension to para-                                                               judgment about what was
          of their efforts, work within their     sites and other infections.                                                                    available to substitute,”
          communities to find host families           With the nearest doctor a three-                                                           said Dr. Bi. “We didn’t
          for UCDHSC students on rotation.        hour trek down the mountain to                                                                 have a scale to weigh the
              In a recent effort by the           the capital of Quito, clinics staffed         Sarah Carson, P2, tends to an Ecuadorian        children, so we had to esti-
          Southeastern AHEC to encourage          by medical mission volunteers are a           baby while on a medical mission.                mate their weights to deter-
          volunteers, an enthusiastic host        lifeline for villagers who lack even                                                          mine what dose of antibiot-
          family was asked to relate one of       the most basic health care.                                                                   ic was appropriate for them
          their experiences. Both student and         This was the first medical relief         each day for a week. They were able while staying within the correct dos-
          hosts benefited from this experi-       experience for Sarah Carson, P2,              to dispense a month’s worth of ing range.” With the aid of transla-
          ence. Here is the remarkable story      and Hilda Bi, PharmD, assistant               medicine. Currently the Timmy tors, Dr. Bi and Carson counseled
          of one of our graduates as told by      professor at the University of                Foundation in conjunction with patients about maintaining a
          her hosts, reprinted with the per-      Colorado School of Pharmacy.                  Tierra Nueva, a hospital in Quito, is healthy lifestyle and diet. Though
          mission of the SECAHEC.                     They teamed up with five physi-           working out a plan to provide con- she had not taken Spanish since
                                                  cians from Boulder and Denver, a              tinuous care for patients who need- high school, Carson counseled
           “She’s like family” – A                nurse from Boulder and 20 pre-                ed long term follow-up.                 patients on medications as best as
           note from a host family                medical students from CU-Boulder                 “We treated a variety of infec- she could, sometimes with comical
             By Tankey Lowry                      to provide health care to the under-          tions and in one instance had a girl results. Once, she referred to a
                                                  privileged through The Timmy                  go into shock due to a long standing patient’s kidneys as his “reindeers.”
             Huong Pham, pharmacy gradu-          Foundation, a non-profit organiza-            urinary tract infection that had The indigenous people spoke the
          ate of 2004, met the Lowry family       tion that sends medical relief teams          turned into pyelonephritis, a seri- native language of Cechua which
          during her rotation at Jeff’s           into Third World countries.                   ous kidney infection,” said Carson. made communication difficult,
          Pharmacy in Colorado City, Colo.                                                           “One of the physicians asked however Dr. Bi and Carson men-
          (Feb.-April 2004). Huong was born                                                          me what he should give her. I tioned that though there were cul-
          in Vietnam. Her life in Vietnam                                                            hadn’t had infectious disease tural and language barriers, it did
          was a good one, her father was an                                                          classes yet and I’m wondering, not impede on the quality of health
          attorney and her family was a happy                                                        pyelo-ne-what? I quickly care given.
          one. But with the war, their lives                                                         researched and recommended            For Dr. Bi, the trip’s highlight
          took a drastic change.                                                                     a large dose of Ciprofloxacin was seeing delight on a little boy’s
             At 12 years old, Huong, along                                                           before sending her to the face when she gave him a care pack-
          with two brothers, escaped by boat                                                         emergency room.”                   age containing a bar of soap, tooth-
          to flee the ravages of war. During                                                             In May, they received a fol- brush, toothpaste and shampoo. It
          this time, they survived hunger,                                                           low-up on the patient that stat- may have simply been a bar of soap,
          pirates and illness. Eventually, they   Hilda Bi, PharmD, assistant professor, volun- ed she was treated with long but to the boy who had nothing, it
          ended up in California. They knew       teers on her first medical relief experience.      term antibiotic therapy and was treasure. “The people were so
          of a relative who lived in California                                                      though still weak, she was on appreciative,” said Dr. Bi.
          and she became their hope for a                                                            her way to recovering com-            She hopes to take a group of
          new beginning.                              With an arsenal of different pletely.                                             pharmacy students to Cameroon on
             They located the relative and        classes of medications donated and               “There was a good bond a similar medical mission within
          stayed with her, but she soon           brought from the United States, between the pharmacists and the two years.
          informed them that she did not          team members treated 200 patients physicians,” Carson said. “We
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          Student Research Forum showcases innovation and discovery
             By Kenna Bruner                                                                                       chaperone-like of the mechanism by which sulin-
             Office of Public Relations                                                                            activity,      and dac induces downregulation of
                                                                                                                   direct absorp- EGFR and the resulting biologic
              The 20th Annual Graduate                                                                             tion of UV- and biochemical consequences of
          Student Research Forum was held                                                                          light.               this downregulation. In this proj-
          Jan. 27 with students participating                                                                          “ALDH3A1 ect, they set out to determine if
          from the Health Sciences Center’s                                                                        is one of the downregulation of EGFR is neces-
          School of Pharmacy, as well as the                                                                       most abundant sary for the growth-inhibitory
          schools of dentistry, medicine,                                                                          corneal        pro- effects of sulindac.
          nursing, and the graduate school.                                                                        teins, yet its bio-     (Downregulation is a decrease in
              The forum was funded through                                                                         logical        role the number of receptors on the sur-
          the American Medical Association                                                                         remains a mys- face of target cells, making the cells
          Foundation via the Colorado                                                                              tery,” said Estey. less sensitive to a hormone or
          Medical Society Alliance and the         Elizabeth Redente, a PhD student, presents her award-win-       “I am interested another agent.)
          National Institutes of Health. A         ning research at the annual student poster forum.               in        working       Previous studies have shown
          group of schools, departments, divi-                                                                     toward a better that increased signaling through
          sions and programs provided finan-           The next phase of her project                               understanding the EGFR family of receptors is a
          cial support to the forum for $250       will be to figure out what that of how ALDH3A1 may be involved common, early event in CRC and
          research prizes that were awarded at     change means; what is actually with protecting other proteins substantial data suggest there may
          the event.                               going on in the system; and looking against UV-induced oxidative be interactions between the effects
              The primary goal of the forum is     at the interactions between a tumor stress. This project has also given of NSAIDs and EGFR signaling.
          to promote advanced research stud-       and the cells in the environment me the opportunity to work with                        “Previous data from our lab sug-
          ies in HSC’s schools.                    surrounding the tumor, particularly two dynamic labs, which has been gests that downregulation of EGFR
              Elizabeth Redente, third-year        the macrophage population.                 both challenging and exciting.”           signaling by sulindac may occur, at
          PhD student, received a top overall          “Until very recently, all tumor                         —————                    least in part, by inhibiting activa-
          award. Tia Estey, sixth-year PhD         research has focused on the tumor;                                                   tion and expression of EGFR. This
          student, and Heather Walczak,            what’s happening in those cells and            Heather Walczak also received inhibition may account for part of
          fifth-year PhD student, each             what’s changing,” said Redente. an outstanding research award for the inhibitory and chemopreven-
          received outstanding research            “Now, we’re thinking that maybe her project titled Induction of tive effects of sulindac,” said
          awards. The projects were present-       the environment of the cells sur- Apoptosis in Colon Cancer Cells by the Walczak. “In the clinic, EGFR
          ed through posters reviewed by a         rounding the tumor is actually sup- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug inhibitors have thus far shown lim-
          team of faculty members.                 porting the tumor.                         Sulindac is Independent of Epidermal ited effectiveness.
              Elizabeth Redente received an            “I was encouraged to know that Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR)                        “Although the downregulation
          award for her research project titled    other people were excited about my Expression.                                       of EGFR is but one of sulindac’s
          Temporal Changes in Macrophage           research,” she said. “When you’re a            Also listed on the project’s effects, I am hoping to be able to
          Activation May Mediate Lung Tumor        student working in a lab, you won- poster were Dennis Ahnen, MD, increase the understanding of the
          Progression. Al Malkinson, PhD,          der if what you’re doing is going to professor, gastroenterology, as prin- mechanisms responsible for the
          professor, pharmaceutical sciences,      mean anything to anyone else.”             cipal investigator, and Pamela Rice, growth inhibitory effects of sulin-
          is her advisor.                                            —————                    PhD, postdoctoral research fellow, dac, thus leading to the develop-
              Redente is studying lung cancer          Tia Estey received an outstand- gastroenterology.                                ment of more effective and less
          progression in mice. Researchers         ing research award, for her project            Walczak is studying EGFR toxic                  chemopreventive        and
          have a primary lung tumor model          titled Mechanisms involved in the expression, signaling and NSAIDs chemotherapeutic agents,” she said.
          in which mice are given a chemical       Protection of UV-Induced Protein in colorectal cancer (CRC) and
          carcinogen to induce the growth of       Inactivation by the Corneal Crystalline hopes to further the understanding
          malignant tumors.                        Aldehyde      Dehydrogenase       3A1
              What she saw during the course       (ALDH3A1).
          of the tumor progression was that
          macrophages seemed to accumulate
                                                       Estey’s research project was col-
                                                   laboration between the two labs in
                                                                                               Headache poster winners
          around the tumor. Since the              the Pharmaceutical Sciences
          macrophages didn’t seem to be            Department. Others involved with
          actually killing the tumor, Redente      the project are Phil Weston, profes-
          began looking at macrophage acti-        sional research assistant; Miriam
          vation states. Macrophages typically     Cantore, visiting graduate student
          are activated to kill bacteria or        from Italy; John Carpenter, PhD,
          dying cells, but they can also be        professor, pharmaceutical sciences;
          activated to behave in an alternative    and Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD, associate
          manner.                                  professor, molecular toxicology.
              During the course of tumor               The focus of this research is to
          development, macrophages were            understand how ALDH3A1 pro-
          activated in an altruistic manner        tects the cornea and other ocular
          where they lost their fighter-specific   tissues against oxidative stress.
          abilities and weren’t killing cells.     Researchers hypothesized that                  P1 students, (L-R) Alexandria Affleck, Jaime Mesenbrink, Filmon
          Macrophages are potentially releas-      ALDH3A1 can protect other pro-                 Ghebreghiorghis, Caleb Burkitt, Sara Lake and Kyrian Uzeoshi, and Dr.
          ing growth molecules that can actu-      teins from inactivation and damage             Christopher Turner, with the poster that won them a pizza lunch - and
          ally promote growth, and then            through various mechanisms. In                 some praise. The competition focused on producing educational material
          switching back to their typical acti-    this project, they investigated three          that might be posted in a community pharmacy setting.
          vation. Redente has been docu-           specific protective mechanisms:
          menting that change.                     metabolism of toxic aldehydes,
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          Summer 2006
                                                S CHOOL               OF      P HARMACY                    NEWS                                                 PAGE    7
          Health fair benefits community and students
              At the Native American Cancer Research’s Fourth Annual Get on the            “The best part of the day was participating in the honoring of Native
          Path to Wellness Health Fair held April 1 in Denver, School of Pharmacy          American cancer survivors. The celebration included a prayer and song in
          students had the opportunity to educate and counsel Native American              their native tongue that was beautiful to hear.”
          patients on a variety of health topics.                                             Pollard split his day with making sure activities went smoothly and
              Throughout the course of the day, 44 pharmacy students assisted in           helping run the bone density circuit. He found the patients he counseled
          providing free health awareness and educational screening services that          to be receptive to the recommendations he gave them and eager to learn
          included blood pressure screenings, BMI measurements, cholesterol and            more about their health. There was one elderly woman, however, who may
          glucose testing/screening, and bone mineral density screening. They also         have had osteoporosis and who resisted his advice to take calcium and vita-
          provided patient education on heartburn awareness, diabetes, hyperten-           min D supplements and visit her physician for a diagnosis.
          sion, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular risk, how to use over-the-counter/alter-         “I spent much time explaining to her about why osteoporosis can be
          native/prescription medications, pediatric issues, and osteoporosis.             such a debilitating disease and how she could easily slow its progression,”
              Several school of phar-                                                      he said. “She was very set in her ways, but I think I was able to get through
          macy faculty and adjoint                                                         to her in the end.”
          faculty participated in pre-
          cepting the students dur-
          ing the health fair.                                                                    SNPhA receives Holden
              Participation in the
          health fair is an opportu-
                                                                                                 Community Services Award
          nity for students to prac-                                                              The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was
          tice their patient counsel-                                                        selected to receive the 2006 Holden Community Services Award.
          ing skills and to provide                                                               The student members of this organization have established several
          community services, said                                                           community education programs covering a wide range of health issues
          Connie Valdez, PharmD,                                                             for varying populations.
          assistant professor of clini-                                                           Examples include:
          cal pharmacy. The health Faculty and students volunteer at the Get on the               • reviews of patient charts for the Denver Indian Health & Family
          fair connects American Path to Wellness Health Fair.                               Services Clinic and the recommendation for medications under the
          Indians in the Denver Metro area to health care providers and other                guidance of a faculty member (DIHFS does not have a pharmacist on
          resources to help them build and maintain healthy lifestyles.                      staff)
              “We could not have participated in the health fair at this level without            • blood pressure monitoring and patient counseling as part of the
          student assistance,” said Dr. Valdez. “As the afternoon became busy, many          Black Church Initiative Health Fairs
          students stayed for an extended time to assist with the increased patient               • provision of the pharmacists perspective on health issues facing
                                                                                             the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community at GLBT
          flow. Overall, the health fair was very successful.”
                                                                                             Community Center-run medication review sessions
                  Two pharmacy students share their experiences                                   • adolescent counseling programs and discussions of good med-
                                                      For Olivia Rapacchietta, P2, and       ical information sources
                                                  Nick Pollard, P3, the highlight of              In addition, SNPhA members hosted a multicultural food celebra-
                                                  the day was taking part in a cere-         tion, raising funds for Cash Smith and his family, Hurricane Katrina
                                                  mony honoring Native American              transplants to Colorado; worked with the Platte Valley Medical
                                                  cancer survivors. They appreciated         Center to immunize the indigent and elderly during flu shot clinics;
                                                  the opportunity to provide valuable        and assisted the campus diversity office’s Health Careers Pre-
                                                  health screenings and patient edu-         Collegiate Development Program in motivating underrepresented stu-
                                                  cation to the Native American pop-         dents to pursue higher education and health care training in particu-
                                                  ulation that faces a variety of chal-      lar.
                                                                                                  The funds awarded to SNPhA will further the members’ work in
                                                  lenging health disparities, such as
                                                                                             similar projects during 2006-2007.
          Health fair an opportunity for students the high frequency of diabetes,
          to hone their counseling skills.        hypertension, dyslipidemia, obesity
                                                  and osteoporosis.
                                                      Rapacchietta is president-elect of
          the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. Her varied duties were
                                                                                                  A day in Frisco
          to assist Dr. Valdez with planning the health fair, train and prepare student
          volunteers, collect over-the-counter medication samples that were given to
          patients, and oversee the day’s activities.
              “The health fair was a great opportunity for students to get involved
          and be exposed to an amazing and unique cultural experience,” she said.

          AHEC Students
          Continued from page 5
              Huong has shown us determina-       derful students and allowing every-
          tion, an unbelievable work ethic,       day people like us to provide sup-
          humble gratitude and such a won-        port as a host family while the stu-
          derful, giving spirit! She has          dents fulfill their dreams!
          restored our faith in America. She          Anyone interested in hosting
          says that, “Vietnam gave me birth,      students should contact the
          but America gave me life.”              Colorado AHEC System Core                  Nearly a dozen students took advantage of attending the annual ASHP meet-
              Our family has been blessed by      office for more information at 303-        ings in San Francisco in March. Besides attending policy and educational ses-
          being a part of Huong Pham’s life       724-0360, toll free 1-866-474-1022,        sions and meeting with area alumni at a dinner provided by the dean, Lam
          and we will have many more special      or visit the AHEC website at               Nguyen, Ashley Hall, Ashley Garcia, Shannon Matsko, Dominique Minjarez
          times together. Thanks to SECA-                                                    and Amber Majors took a tour of the city.
                                                  www.uchsc.edu/ahec.
          HEC for working with these won-
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           Congratulations, School o
                                                Doctor of Pharmacy — May 2006
          Jaime Elaine Anderson                  Katey E. Girard                 Steven Paul Naccarato       Sara Kathleen Singh
            Phi Lambda Sigma                       Phi Lambda Sigma              Andrew Bernard Newland      Amy Marie Sion
          Stephen James Arnold                   Asfawosen Kiros Haileselassie   Khue Nguyen                   Phi Lambda Sigma
            Rho Chi                              Steven Bruce Harlass            Phuong Mary Nguyen          Jaime Jo Smith
          Etieonyong Gibson Asuquo               Christy Lynn Harmon             Thanh-Ngoc Thi Nguyen       Jennifer Elise Spears
          Malisa Lorene Bassett                  Heather Ann Hess                Thuy-Van Ngoc Nguyen          Phi Lambda Sigma
          Mulugeta W. Berhe                      Victoria Renee Holts            Bernadette Azinwi Niba      Jason Elliott Strasser
          Richard James Blaskovich               Wendy Joyce Johnson             Edward Paul O'Donnell       Heather Elizabeth Swanson
            Rho Chi                                Phi Lambda Sigma                Rho Chi                   Kelly Patrick Taylor
            Phi Lambda Sigma                     Sun Hwa Jung                      Phi Lambda Sigma          Damian Lamont Thrasher
          Roy Dean Brunson                       Theodore W. Kalkreuth           Gregory Hamilton Palmrose   Davy Som To
            Rho Chi                              Fitsumberhan Kidane             Henna R. Patel                Rho Chi
          Kelly Gault Butler                     Amanuel Girma Kifle             Rashmi Babubhai Patel         Phi Lambda Sigma
          Taite Pete Byerly                      Kari Dawn Kingery               Kieu Tu Cong Pham           Duy Thai Tran
          Theresa Thi Thu Tam Cao                Hung Thanh LeRho Chi            Valentina Pidkalyuk         Thien-Thanh Thi Tran
          Joseph Roy Cardwell                    Jenny-Anh Phuong Le             Bryn Elizabeth Pieschel       Rho Chi
          Anna Elizabeth Casullo                 Nga Thi Le                      Kimberly Dawn Portzline     Rhiannon Verner Trepanier
          Vincent Todd Celio                     Stephanie Jones Lee             Oswaldo Ramirez             Jeremy Jason Trujillo
          Christopher Anthony Christiansen       Dawn Lefevre                    Eric Thomas Rewerts         Cortney Michelle Turnbow
          Angela Cook                            Daniel Rocco Liccione           Jaclyn Michelle Ripley        Rho Chi
          Anthony Scott Cooper                   Michael Eugene Long             Melissa Renee Rodgers       Laura Ann Duckworth Van Horn
          Jennifer Claire Cooper                 Jaime Christine Longbottom      Aaron Michael Romero          Rho Chi
            Rho Chi                              Chad Edward-Carl Lundin         Kathryn Maureen Ryer        Kristen Nicole Villalta
          Brenda Correa                          Francis Ryan Macalalag            Phi Lambda Sigma            Rho Chi
          Meritha Rose Corzatt                   Adrienne Margaret Mackzum       Danielle Olivia Salaz       Melissa S. Von Stein
          Susan Irene Diana                        Rho Chi                         Rho Chi                   Anthony Sean Wall
          Jessica Jordan Dover                   Kerri Dawn Martinez             Sara Ann Sandoval           Janell Lee Watkins
          Carolyn Ann Dunn                         Rho Chi                         Phi Lambda Sigma          Stacey Jo Weise
            Phi Lambda Sigma                       Phi Lambda Sigma              Laura Marie Schiefelbein    Jill Sanders White
          Anastacio J. Duran                     Molly Leigh McAleer               Rho Chi                   Abraham T. Wick
          Meghann Lucille Edwards                Yoseph Gabre Kristos Mekonnen   Eric Lee Schulteis          Phi Lambda Sigma
          Duane Eshima                             Rho Chi                       Angela Marie Schuman        Wiyanto Winatal
          Cheryl Ann Ewing                       Lynette Dawn Melgosa            Nellianna Shaffer             Rho Chi
          Lauren Alice Fitzpatrick               Kasinda Lee Mercer              Parisa Shahmohammadi        Sommer Donnielle Zarbock
            Rho Chi                              Eric Mudd                         Rho Chi                     Rho Chi
          Laurel Kathleen Forrest                  Rho Chi                       Michael Evan Shore            Phi Lambda Sigma
          Courtney Jane Frisch                   Rebecca Lynn Muniz-Hansen         Phi Lambda Sigma
            Rho Chi                              Sara J. Murphy                  Megan Dian Short
          John Leonard Giordana                    Rho Chi                         Rho Chi
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 of Pharmacy Graduates
                                                                               Doctor of Philosophy
                                                                               December 2005              Patrick Kerzic,
                                                                               Yvonne Lentz,               Toxicology
                                                                                Pharmaceutical Sciences   Andrew Kosky,
                                                                               Brante Sampey,              Pharmaceutical Sciences
                                                                                Toxicology                Mayank Patel,
                                                                                                           Pharmaceutical Sciences
                                                                               May 2006                   Shouvik Roy,
                                                                               Christopher Crowell,        Pharmaceutical Sciences
                                                                                Pharmaceutical Sciences   Christina Vessely,
                                                                               Derrick Katayama,           Pharmaceutical Sciences
                                                                                Pharmaceutical Sciences




          Doctor of Pharmacy -
          Non-traditional program
          December 2005                         Lewis Joseph Gryziewicz, Jr.
          Kimberly Clawson Huber                Sean Keefe
          Celina Dara                           Matthew Kern
          Tracy Humphrey                        Bryan D. Killam
          Deborah Stevens-Conrad                Kathleen Anne McCartney
          Troy William Stubbings                Sharon Ann Mills-Warson
                                                Kamla Devi Oodal
          May 2006                              Sindhu Sudhakaran Pampati
          Ariane Danielle Austin                Simona Peker
          Franklin Breve                        Ryan Merrill Stice
          Janice L. Frobel                      Adrian Vega
          Elise Jeanne Fuller                   Frank Joseph Yunker
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                                                 S CHOOL             OF       P HARMACY                   NEWS                                   Summer 2006

          Oh, the places you’ll go and the people you’ll meet
             Some of our students who             me outside of customs where an           Chilean equivalent to Walgreens. I      the medication, so cashiers are
          participated in foreign rotations       official blurted out a series of unin-   spent the first few days getting to     offered a percentage of the sale to
          have provided us with accounts          telligible phrases and I instinctively   know my three “jefas” (bosses).         promote one medication over
          of their experiences. Over the          handed him my passport and docu-         They took me to the break room,         another. This was the most difficult
          next two pages are their stories:       ments. A wave of panic rushed over       poured the coffee, and we talked        part of my experience to handle
                                                  me as I realized that the “whole lan-    about where I was from and what I       from an ethical standpoint. Take a
             By Michael Shore                     guage thing” was going to be first       was going to do in the pharmacy.        situation where Niacin was “on spe-
                                                  priority on the list of things to get        After hours of chatting, we went    cial” and the patient was never
             When I landed in Santiago,           acquainted with. By the time I left,     on a tour of the pharmacy and it        offered a statin drug because it was
          Chile after a nearly 27-hour jour-      I can honestly say that my level of      was immediately apparent that the       not the sale item of the week. This
          ney, I was ready to stretch my legs     communication far exceeded the           differences practicing in Chile ver-    was troubling. My preceptor and I
          and see what my rotation plan had       needs of a retail or hospital setting.   sus the United States were going to     agreed that the system was flawed
          in store for me. I was lucky enough         Chile has so much to offer. I set    be huge.                                in this aspect, but the process of
          to have family in Chile, waiting for    up a rotation with Cruz Verde, the           Chilean pharmacists don’t           change is slow to implement.
                                                                                           waste time counting pills for dis-          After three weeks of retail, I
                                                                                           pensing. The manufacturers have         went to one of only five com-
               Students praised for going                                                  already boxed the pills and put
                                                                                           them in common quantities. If you
                                                                                                                                   pounding pharmacies in the entire
                                                                                                                                   country. I was introduced to the
                 beyond the call of duty                                                   take Lipitor, it comes in a box of 28
                                                                                           pills already unit dosed and blister-
                                                                                                                                   processes of making specialty
                                                                                                                                   creams and ointments, tablets and
                  Two pharmacy students were recently recognized for going the             packed. Need a prescription for         capsules, tinctures and emollients.
              extra mile. We are publishing excerpts from two letters sent to the          Lipitor? Not in Chile. If you think     It was a great opportunity and I
              dean praising the students as evidence that the patient care stu-            you need cholesterol-lowering med-      found that the Chilean pharmacy
              dents practice is noticed and does make a difference.                        ication, just ask for it by name and    program is more heavily based in
                  Matthew Thielbar, P3, rotated through Greenwood Pediatrics               it’s yours! Some medications do         compounding than in the United
              during the spring semester. In a letter to the dean, James                   require prescriptions like benzodi-     States.
              Harrington, MD, wrote:                                                       azepines, methylphenidate and               I learned a lot in my two months
                  “What struck our practitioner staff most about Matt was his              many controls. However, if you are      in Chile: different countries prac-
              willingness to share information that he already was familiar with           feeling “blue,” Mondays and             tice pharmacy in unique ways; peo-
              and most impressively, he was willing to do outside investigation            Thursdays are 20 percent off all        ple still need as many medications
              on medications we had questions about. This research was done                medications in the pharmacy and         there as they do here, but access to
              both in and out of the office. Examples of his help include inves-           fluoxetine does not require a pre-      medications can be markedly differ-
              tigating the drug availability of oral versus IM dexamethasone, a            scription. Get a box for yourself       ent in good and bad ways; and the
              topic that came up during croup season. Matt helped us sort                  and still have enough pesos left        siesta factor still exists. Most of all,
              through some confusing facts in the literature. Matt pursued the             over to buy a box of pre-counted        I learned a deeper appreciation for
              issue of availability of accutane (isotretinoin) and the new iPledge         happy pills for a downtrodden           the practice of pharmacy on every
              program users need to participate in when using the medication.              friend.                                 level. I have taken the tools I honed
                  “His information helped us understand the situation. Both of                 The pay scale was a hot topic of    in Chile and used them on succes-
              these projects were done outside of the office and communicated              conversation in Chile. Pharmacists      sive rotations to deliver better serv-
              very promptly back to us. His involvement in our office was a great          make a very good wage compared          ices to my customers and I plan to
              help to our staff. In addition, Matt was a very pleasant and per-            to most professions, however, it is     revisit Chile to see what changes
              sonable individual to have in our office setting. We wish Matt well          about half of what entry-level phar-    they have made to do the same.
              and success in the future.”                                                  macists make in the United States.          I never thought pharmacy
                  The student in the next letter asked that her name not be                Pharmacists do not talk to the gen-     school would afford me the oppor-
              included. The letter was written by a friend of someone the student          eral public unless a consultation is    tunity to study in other countries or
              had helped with medications while a patient at the University of             requested. There is a row of five to    that I would receive credit for one
              Colorado Hospital. The student had greeted a former patient and              10 cash registers with “vendedores”     of the best experiences of my life.
              the patient’s friend while waiting for the walk signal at Ninth Ave.         (cashiers) who interact with the        Wine tasting, high mountain
              and Colorado Blvd. The patient’s friend wrote:                               general public. A customer can          peaks, asados (barbeques), family
                  “This student had assisted my dear lady friend with her med-             present a prescription and it can be    and newfound friends added to the
              ications as a student at the Health Sciences Center. The inquiry             processed and paid for without a        professional experience and made
              (from the student) was warm, sensitive, inspiring and extremely              pharmacist ever being involved          this a memorable and worthwhile
              soothing to not only my friend, but for me as well. To have a stu-           with the transaction. Furthermore,      rotation. Try one yourself.
              dent deliver much needed medication information to this patient              drug companies can actually offer
              after hospitalization, during refill settings at the hospital pharma-        incentives to the cashiers that sell
              cy, and to recognize and inquire about this individual when pass-
              ing on the street is what I call beyond the call of duty.
                  “You must know how devoted this student is already, but I                   Student/teacher team awarded scholarship
              wished to give you a taste of what impression she leaves with the
              public. It is her devotion to the individual patient… and her per-                 Patrina McCauley, P2 student and Dr. Marianne McCollum,
              sonal acknowledgement and supportive inquiry today that makes                  assistant professor, were selected as one of only 35 student/teacher
              her stand out among many. Please know that (my) acknowledge-                   teams for a travel award to attend the American Association of
              ment is heartfelt, sincere, and sent with all urgency to commend               Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Teachers Seminar and the AACP
              your student on her dynamic caring, devotion to others, commit-                Annual Meeting. In July, the two will travel to San Diego and attend
              ment to excellence, great capacity to remain involved, high profes-            seminars on communications and teaching skills enhancement in
              sionalism with that splash of humanity filtering through each word             addition to the regular annual meeting programs. This travel schol-
              expressed, the kindest smile, and strength of affection displayed              arship is provided through AACP by Wal-Mart which seeks to assist
              during today’s brief interlude. She has my vote for SOP Student of             schools of pharmacy in producing a supply of graduates adequately
              the Year, if there was such and honor to bestow upon her.”                     prepared and committed to careers in academic pharmacy.
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                                                 S CHOOL              OF       P HARMACY                  NEWS                                        PAGE      11
          A rotation in Vietnam enhanced a P4’s cultural awareness
             By Daniel Liccione                                                             once you get the hang of things!
                                                                                               The Vietnamese people were wonderfully friendly, calm and well-man-
              One of my favorite rotations was spent at a community pharmacy in             nered, even though the language was quite difficult and I wasn’t able to
          beautiful Da Lat, Vietnam, which is a mountainous region in the south of          pick up much. Hung had to translate a lot for me.
          that country. I was there with my very good friend and classmate, Hung               This rotation further affirmed my decision to enter community phar-
          Le, who is originally from Vietnam. We traveled there for our fifth rota-         macy. While I will practice in America, my cultural awareness was
          tion, Jan. 9 through Feb. 17, and spent most of our winter break there, too.      enhanced by the rotation, which I expect to be beneficial in practicing
              I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join my classmate. I have a lot of      with this country’s diverse patient population.
          Vietnamese classmates, so I felt very comfortable and looked forward to
          spending time in their country. Hung set up the rotation and handled the
          logistics for it.
                                                                     The community                   University of Colorado
                                                                 pharmacists          in
                                                                 Vietnam perform the                  School of Pharmacy
                                                                 same essential func-
                                                                 tions as those in the                Awards, May 5, 2006
                                                                 United           States.
                                                                 Common           duties         Kappa Epsilon Leader Awards
                                                                 include dispensing                       Shannon Mastko
                                                                 medications, consult-           Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Spirit Award
                                                                 ing with patients, pro-                  Michael Appel
                                                                 viding advice on                Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award
                                                                 health conditions, and                   Stacy Shadburne
          Daniel Liccione and Hung Le travel to Vietnam for having good rapport                  Rho Chi Outstanding Student Award
          their rotation.                                                                                 Sarah Mercer
                                                                with doctors. For the
                                                                                                 Roche Pharmacy Communications Award
          majority of the medications though, a prescription is not required. Some                        Megan Eck
          drugs, such as psychotropics, antihypertensives, and diabetes medications              School of Pharmacy Clinical Practice Award
          required a doctor’s prescription, at least for the initial fill. However, phar-                 Laurel Forrest
          macists there could diagnose certain conditions and prescribe the appro-               GlaxoSmithKline Patient Care Award
          priate pharmacotherapy. Additionally, there were doctors’ offices located                       Nellianna Shaffer
          in the pharmacy, so it was convenient for patients to be evaluated by a                Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award
          physician, and get their prescription filled afterwards.                                        Sommer Zarbock
              A few of the medications were unfamiliar to us, as they are not avail-             APHA/ASP Mortar and Pestle Professionalism Award
          able in the United States; this was notable for a couple of antibiotics. For                    Eugene Medley
          the most part, the same drugs that we use here are available in Vietnam,               Facts and Comparisons Award
          but are sold for substantially less money there. This is especially true of                     Kristen Villalta
                                                                                                 Pharmacists Mutual Award
          generics. Herbal products, supplements and even folk remedies play a large
                                                                                                          Sergey Simonovich
          role for the Vietnamese. Our pharmacy had a large selection of these items
                                                                                                 Merck Awards
          and some pharmacies dealt exclusively with natural products.                                    Dawn Hollingshead
              My practice efforts were limited due to the language barrier, but I was                     Katherine Miller
          most helpful to English-speaking tourists seeking advice on common ail-                         Jana Harris
          ments (headache, dysentery, allergies, symptoms associated with the com-               Perrigo Excellence in Non-Prescription Medication Studies
          mon cold) and on malaria-prophylaxis medications for various areas in                           Shannon Yessak
          southeastern Asia.                                                                     School of Pharmacy Valedictorian Award
              The highlights of the trip were taking excursions and sightseeing dur-                      Parisa Shahmohammadi
          ing our days off. We went hiking in the mountains, visited with villagers,             TEVA Outstanding Student Award
          toured a coffee plantation, visited pagodas and temples, and sampled exot-                      Richard Blaskovich
          ic foods, among other things. Our days off were always filled with cultural            School of Pharmacy Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
          experiences. Also, I mastered eating with chop sticks – they’re easy to use                     Jessica Meier
                                                                                                          James Vinton
                                                                                                 School of Pharmacy Scholastic Achievement Awards

                     Department of Clinical                                                               Darcie Ryant
                                                                                                 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Awards

                   Pharmacy awards for 2005                                                               Jennifer Jorgensen
                                                                                                          Michael Long
                Rose Jung                                                                        School of Pharmacy Professional Achievement Awards
              Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, Research Award:                                 Duke Cheney, P1
                                                                                                          Tara Vlasimsky, P2
              Evaluation of efflux pumps in multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas
                                                                                                          Matthew Marshall, P3
              aeruginosa
                                                                                                          Michael Long, P4
                                                                                                 The Lilly Achievement Award
               Rose Jung and Ty Kiser                                                                     Sarah Mercer
              American College of Clinical Pharmacy – Ortho McNeil Infectious                    Student Council Presidential Award
              Diseases Fellowship                                                                         Justin Bowles
                                                                                                 The Dean’s Distinguished Student Award
               Marianne McCollum                                                                          Kerri Martinez
              American College of Clinical Pharmacy – Career Development Award                   The Lefler Book Award
                                                                                                          Lubna Farah
                Laura Hansen and Sheryl Vondracek                                                Holden Community Service Award
              Induction as Fellows of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy                           Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
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                                                  S CHOOL                 OF       P HARMACY                   NEWS                                 Summer 2006



          Challenges confront pharmacy profession
             By Kenna Bruner                         emerged as heroes of health care.          the things he has to look at is        the manufacturers, there’s more
             Office of Public Relations                  “Without retail pharmacists            whether the medication is authen-      opportunity for things to go
                                                     stepping up to the plate and giving        tic,” said Yost. “One of the reasons   wrong.”
              Complex issues that will affect        out temporary prescriptions to help        the United States has such a pure         The emerging technology of
          pharmacists for the foreseeable            people through the transition, the         system is that the secondary market    radio frequency identification
          future loom large for the pharmacy         whole system would have implod-            is drying up.”                         (RFID) will allow manufacturers
          profession, with Medicare prescrip-        ed. It would have been absolute                Yost explained that secondary      and distributors to electronically
          tion drug coverage and the ongoing         chaos,” he said. “There’s no ques-         market products are generally prod-    track drug products through the
          debate on illegal drug importation         tion that the retail pharmacist will       ucts purchased from a source other     supply chain.
          at the top of the list.                    play an expanding role in Medicare         than the original manufacturer. It        An RFID tag stores an identify-
              In a presentation to School of         Part D.”                                   is through a secondary market that     ing code on a microchip that is
          Pharmacy students and faculty on               It is estimated that Medicare          counterfeit and adulterated prod-      transmitted to a reader device.
          Jan. 20, David Yost, chief executive       Part D will cost $750 billion over         ucts make their way into the distri-   RFID makes it easier to ensure that
          officer for AmerisourceBergen              10 years. Generic medications will         bution channel.                        drugs are authentic, and it creates
          Corporation, one of the world’s            play a key role in whether the new             “When you get a product from
          largest pharmaceutical wholesale           drug program will be fiscally viable.      someplace other than directly from     Continued on Page 15 ...
          companies, presented an overview               “If enough people aren’t taking
          of what he considers hot button
          topics      facing       pharmacists:
                                                     generics, there’s no way the govern-
                                                     ment will be able to afford this pro-              School of Pharmacy
          Medicare, counterfeit drugs, and
          radio frequency identification.
                                                     gram,” said Yost. “You as pharma-
                                                     cists will be called upon to be
                                                                                                      Scholarships, May 5, 2006
              “You’ll find your role in the          experts in generics and you will             Annibel Gardner Scholarships
          health care system is going to             spend more time counseling about                              Lam Nguyen               Adam Nielsen
          increase dramatically,” said Yost.         generics than your predecessors              Burroughs Wellcome Endowment Scholarships
              Yost considers Medicare Part D         ever have.”                                                   Megan Eck                Momein Refaat
          the biggest change in health care              Another area Yost predicts will          Colorado Pharmacists Society Scholarships
          since President Lyndon Johnson’s           emerge as a key issue for the phar-                           Daniel Bates             Asad Omar
          Great Society Program, a series of         macy profession is supply chain              Eckerd Scholarships
          reform programs it was hoped               integrity – counterfeit drugs and                             Solomon Asress           Michelle Pulido
          would end poverty and dramatical-          importation.                                                  Brandon LaMarr           Christopher Wilson
          ly improve health care.                        The World Health Organization                             Patrina McCauley
              For the first time, everyone with      estimates that up to 10 percent of           Erwin-Vincent Scholarship
          Medicare, regardless of health sta-        the pharmaceuticals dispensed in                              Lubna Farah
          tus or prescription drug usage, has        the world are counterfeit, while in          Sara Kwon Memorial Scholarship
          access to prescription drug cover-         the United States it’s nearly zero.                           Patrina McCauley
          age. Patients who were unable to           The U.S. market represents half the          JM Long Foundation Scholarships
          get prescriptions filled before this       pharmaceuticals dispensed in the                              Emilyn Cabrera           Evelyn Phan
          sweeping drug program went into            world ($254 billion out of a world                            Michele Garcia           Sarah Puckett
          effect are now able to do so, and          market of $550 billion). Half of the                          Tiffani Pham
          that, says Yost, will provide oppor-       lifestyle drugs dispensed in Russia          James L. McDowell Memorial Scholarship
          tunities in independent retail phar-       (such as medication for erectile dys-                         Jasmine Le
          macy. If people can go anywhere to         function, depression and sleepless-          McKesson Scholarships
          get their medications, they will           ness) are counterfeit, as are 90 per-                         Raeanna Nerpel           Lindsay Stansfield
          patronize the business where they          cent of the AIDS drugs in Africa.            NACDS Scholarship
          get the best service, and that histor-     The United States has had a few                               Christian Dobbs
          ically has been the local community        isolated instances of counterfeit            Pharmacists Mutual Scholarships
          pharmacy. Although the prescrip-           drugs – 54 instances in 2005. “In                             Julie Bohm               Joshua Cluff
          tion benefit program got off to a          many places in the world, when a             Wal-Mart Pharmacy Scholarships
          rocky start, the result has been that      physician has a patient who’s not                             Tin Chou                 Tram Quynh Vu Do
          community pharmacists have                 responding to medication, one of                              Sean Fitzpatrick         Bethanie Tran
                                                                                                  Kaiser Permanente Kent M. Nelson Scholarships
                                                                                                                   Danielle Cassidy         Sarah Mercer
                                                                                                                   Stephanie Cho            Thu Tran
                                                                                                                   Shannon Matsko           Tara Vlasimsky
                                                                                                                   Michael Appel            Jessica Hoang
                                                                                                                   Xuan Nguyen              Kassandra Bankovich
                                                                                                                   Nancy Hoang              Ashley Pearson
                                                                                                                   Elena Chemanaeva         Kyong Kim
                                                                                                                   Jon Peterson             Vina Dam
                                                                                                                   Rory Lambert             Tuyet-Hong Pham
                                                                                                                   Jessica Engelbert        Loc Le
                                                                                                                   Christopher Ryan         Ashley Hall
                                                                                                                   Jennifer Meyer           Trang Van
                                                                                                                   Brittany Hanselin        Binh Nguyen
                                                                                                                   Berin Vattappillil       Michele Hanselin
                                                                                                                   Jenny Nguyen             Ghadeer Wahdan
                                                                                                                   Mandy Hemmert            Minh-Thu Nguyen
                                                                                                                   Tasheba West
                                                                                                  Teresa McMahan Shulkin Memorial Scholarship
          At a reception following his presentation, David Yost elaborates on critical issues                      Justin Bowles
          pharmacists will face.
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                                                 S CHOOL   OF   P HARMACY          NEWS                                               PAGE     13
                                                                    Dr. Christina Aquilante
               Smiles all around during
              convocation awards night                              receives research grant
                                                                        Christina Aquilante, PharmD, has
                                                                    received funding from the University of
                                                                    Colorado General Clinical Research
                                                                    Center (GCRC) Pilot/Feasibility Program
                                                                    for her pharmacogenetic research study
                                                                    investigating how patients respond differ-
                                                                    ently to diabetes medications based on
                                                                    their genetic makeup.
                                                                        Dr. Aquilante is an assistant professor
                                                                    of clinical pharmacy at the School of
                                                                    Pharmacy and conducts clinical research
                                                                    with a basic science (bench) component.
                                                                        The GCRC provides the professional,
                                                                    hospital-based facilities (in this case               Christina Aquilante,
                                                                    University of Colorado Hospital), where                    PharmD
                                                                    research can be conducted with trained
                                                                    support staff to assist in conducting controlled studies. The GCRC
                                                                    Pilot/Feasibility Program provides junior researchers with funding to
                                                                    explore the feasibility of their research ideas and collect sufficient data to
                                                                    apply for funding from other peer-reviewed funding sources.
                                                                        “This GCRC grant allows me to conduct clinical research that other-
                                                                    wise I wouldn’t be able to do,” said Dr. Aquilante. “The purpose of the
                                                                    pilot and feasibility program is to get junior investigators to conduct pilot
                                                                    studies that are contained and can be completed in a year, with the hope
                                                                    that they can use the information collected to apply for larger grants.”
                                                                        One of the drugs Dr. Aquilante is studying is rosiglitazone (Avandia), a
                                                                    popular insulin sensitizer prescribed to people with type 2 diabetes. This
                                                                    class of drugs helps the body make better use of its own natural insulin.
                                                                        Using healthy, non-diabetic volunteers, Dr. Aquilante hopes to deter-
                                                                    mine if genetics influence how the drug is transported through the body.
                                                                    Dr. Aquilante is utilizing a novel way to easily and effectively prescreen vol-
                                                                    unteers for her study. She gives them a trial size bottle of mouthwash to
                                                                    use and then spit into a test tube. From their mouth cells, she extracts
                                                                    their DNA. This method gives her plenty of DNA to work with as opposed
                                                                    to using a mouth swab.
                                                                        After she runs their genetic sequence to see whether the volunteers pos-
                                                                    sess a normal copy or a variant copy of a particular gene, they will move
                                                                    into the 24-hour intensive pharmacokinetic part of the study.
                                                                        “Pharmacogenetics interests me because it’s the perfect blend of clini-
                                                                    cal and basic pharmacy research,” said Dr. Aquilante.



                                                                      Carol Stehley visits school




                                                                          P2 student, Patrina McCauley is pictured with Carol Stehley during
                                                                          her visit to the School of Pharmacy. Carol’s mother, Pearl S. Stehley,
                                                                          class of 1925, provided funds for a conference room and study spaces,
                                                                          as well as scholarship funds for students who come from Routt
                                                                          County, Colo. McCauley met all the scholarship criteria for 2005.
                                                                          Stehley’s visit included a tour and observation of an English as Second
                                                                          Language class in the conference room named for her mother.
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                                                 S CHOOL             OF      P HARMACY                   NEWS                                  Summer 2006



          School’s diversity efforts recognized
          The School of Pharmacy was well represented at
          the spring Diversity Awards Luncheon hosted by uni-
          versity administrators for faculty and students –
          thanking them for their tireless efforts to improve
          campus diversity.
                                                   to 19 percent.
                                                       The SNPhA was created in
                                                   2003 to “accept the challenge of
                                                   serving underserved communi-
                                                   ties.” The overarching purpose of
                                                   SNPhA is to plan, organize, coor-
                                                   dinate and execute programs From left are Stephanie Cho, Olivia Rapacchietta, Patrina McCauley, Nick
                                                   geared toward the improvement of Pollard and Connie Valdez, faculty advisor.
                                                   the health, educational and social
                                                   environment of underserved com- Food Fest, Platte Valley flu shot actively involved in assisting with
                                                   munities. SNPhA’s primary objec- clinics, The Black Church minority pipeline and outreach
                                                   tive is to educate these communi- Initiative, Denver Indian Health programs in addition to her faculty
                                                   ties on better health practices and and Family Services Chart Review, responsibilities. Dr. Valdez has
                                                   to increase their awareness and The GLBT Center, Black Church been the Faculty Advisor to SNPhA
                                                   understanding of diseases.               Diabetes Class, “Get on the Path to since it was created on the health
                                                       Dr. Connie Valdez serves as an Wellness” Health Fair and sciences campus in 2003. She has
          Jason Thompson, director of the Office
                                                  advisor to the student organization. HIV/STD presentation at a local worked with SNPhA members on
          of Diverstiy, presents an award to Dean
                                                  SNPHA has been dedicated in pro- high school.                                     everything from meeting agendas to
          Louis Diamond for his commitment to
                                                  viding community service during              Dr. Valdez is an assistant profes- poster presentations. Dr. Valdez is a
          enhancing cultural diversity in the
                                                  the past year. Activities have includ- sor in the Department of Clinical tireless supporter of the SNPhA
          school.
                                                  ed: Daniel's Fund Summer Pharmacy.                        She joined the organization has been instrumental
              Dean Louis Diamond, Connie Program,                SNPhA Field Day, University of Colorado in in its growth of activities on cam-
          Valdez, PharmD, MSEd, and the “Caring for Cash” Multicultural November 2002 and has been pus and in the community.
          Student National Pharmaceutical



                                                                   Briefs
          Association (SNPhA) each were rec-                                                                  Emery Dale Magee, December 17, 2005. Forest
          ognized at the awards luncheon                                                                      Magee is enjoying the role of big brother. More
          held in May.                                                                                        photos are available at www.growingfamily.com
              Dean Diamond has been dean                                                                      (use Emery’s birthdates to locate and the password
          of the pharmacy school since 1986.                           In Memoriam                            is Magee). Paul and family are living in Aurora.
          During his tenure, the school has              Since the last newsletter, we received notice of
          emerged as one of the nation’s pre-         the deaths of the following Alumni:                         Jenifer Deutmeyer McGovern, PharmD,
          mier institutions of pharmaceutical                                                                                  2003, and her husband Terry
          education and research.Under                Donald Grauberger, Class of 1940, deceased                               announced from Ohio, the birth
          Dean Diamond’s leadership, diver-           August, 2005                                                             of their son, Ethan George
          sity is an integral part of the SOP’s       William Kuroki, Class of 1950, deceased 2004                             McGovern, March 5, 2006.
          mission statement, strategic plan           Ledrey Olson, Class of 1950                                              Isabelle Rose, born August, 2003 is
          and expectations of every faculty           Marjorie K. Steele, Class of 1951, deceased 1990                         the proud big sister.
          and staff member. As a result of his        David Houtz, Class of 1955, deceased November,
          efforts, the school has served as a         2005                                                                      Other News
          model for enhancing diversity in            Craig Lund, Class of 1975                                   Janice R. Grosshans, BS, 1995, is enjoying her
          pharmacy schools nationwide.                                                                        position with Kaiser Permanente. Her 14-year-old
              Upon his arrival as dean, there                    Marriages and Births                         daughter has begun high school and her son is
          was little diversity in the pharmacy           Jeff Meyer, PhD, 2001, and Candice Cadwell completing his junior year in Engineering at CU
          school among its students, faculty          Meyer, PharmD, 2000, married in April 2001 and Boulder. You can reach Janice at 16370 Jalna Ct.,
          or staff. Within three years, he            had their first child, Alexis Jeanine Meyer, Dec. 28, Brighton, CO 80603.
          established a scholarship program           2005. Jeff is a senior scientist with ZymoGenetics
          for underrepresented minority stu-                           in Seattle, Wash., and Candice is a        Karen (Thornton) Shawler, BS, 1996, and her
          dents and other students classified                          clinical pharmacist in a hospital husband Bruce live with their three-year-old son,
          as disadvantaged.                                            north of Seattle. They can be Brandon, in Santa Barbara, CA. Karen is working
              Diversity students now repre-                            reached by e-mail at cadwell@com- part-time for Longs Pharmacy. She’d enjoy hearing
          sent 40 percent and underrepre-                              cast.net                               from you at karen2k@hotmail.com.
          sented minority students comprise
          26 percent of the student body.                Rhonda (Roeder) Pohlman, BPharm, 2001, is                Kathleen       (Bacalan)       Carvalho,    BS
          Even more impressive is that the            married to 1999 School of Medicine alumnus, 1998/PharmD, 1999, sent us her new name and
          school has consistently graduated           Chris Pohlman. They are back in Boulder, says                     you       can      contact     her     at
          95 percent of these students.               Colorado and expecting their second child in kbcarvalho@hotmail.com, 310-534-8080 or 26243
              In 1986, there were only three          December, 2006. They can be reached by e-mail at Monte Vista Ave., Lomita, CA 90717.
          women and no minority faculty               crpohlman@comcast.net or at 1405 Chambers Dr.,
          members in the SOP. Since then,             Boulder, CO 80305.                                          Patricia Saunders, PharmD, 2005, was recent-
          the number of women faculty mem-                                                                    ly appointed to a manager’s position for King
          bers has increased to 36 percent               Paul Magee, PharmD, 2004, and his wife Soopers at 64th and McIntyre in Arvada, CO.
          and faculty members from diverse            Diana announced the birth of their second son,
          backgrounds has shown an increase
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          Summer 2006
                                                   S CHOOL                   OF       P HARMACY               NEWS                                            PAGE    15

          Distinguished Coloradan
          award recipients                                                                         Thank you, alumni!
              Algha D. “Al” Lodwick, RPh, MA, earned his pharmacy degree from                         Thank you to the alumni who took time to complete the sur-
          the University of Iowa and his master’s degree in communications from                    vey in the last issue of this newsletter or used the on-line survey.
          Goddard College. The focus for his master’s degree was diabetes educa-                   One percent of our newsletter recipients responded; half the aver-
          tion, with an emphasis in dealing with patients with limited proficiency in              age response for this sort of survey and not bad for a first try.
          English.                                                                                    We would like to hear from more of you and if you did not
               He is the manager of Clinical Pharmacy Support Services for St. Mary-               save the newsletter and postage paid envelope, you can still find
          Corwin Medical Center, in Pueblo, Colo. Mr. Lodwick was the founder                      the survey online.
          of the Warfarin Institute of America and has monitored anticoagulation                      Just enter this web site address by the end of
          therapy for approximately 30,000 patient visits. The National                            August:www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB224UAGU-
          Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers has recognized him as a                UFRM and complete the questions.
          Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider and his clinic won the Abbott
          Hospital Quality Award in 1998.
                                                     Mr. Lodwick has authored 11 arti-
                                               cles. He has been a speaker for numer-
                                                                                                      Preceptors of the Year
                                               ous groups, from Navajo middle school
                                               students to the U.S. Food and Drug
                                               Administration and the 8th World
                                               Congress on the Internet in Medicine
                                               held in Geneva, Switzerland.
                                                    The University of Colorado stu-
                                               dents selected him twice as the Roche
                                               Preceptor of the year and he continues
          Al Lodwick, RPh, MA and Mark
                                              to be a valuable mentor and preceptor
          Spitz, MD were selected by the fac-
                                              to the students.
          ulty as Distinguished Coloradans.
                                                  Mark D. Spitz, MD, received his
          B.A. in chemistry from Arizona State University and his MD from the
          University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He completed a
          three-year residency in neurology at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated
          Hospitals in Houston, Texas, and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in
          clinical neurology and epilepsy at the Neurological Institute at the College            David Elm, PhD, Michael Godcharles, PharmD, BCPS, and John
          of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City.                     Flanigan, PharmD, were selected by the student body as preceptors of the
               Since 1985, he has been affiliated with the University of Colorado                 year. The awards were announced at convocation on May 5 and present-
          Health Sciences Center, where he is currently a professor in the                        ed at the banquet on May 25. The preceptors are pictured with
          Department of Neurology. Dr. Spitz is board certified in neurology and                  Associate Dean Ralph Altiere.
          clinical neurophysiology and is a fellow of the American Academy of
          Neurology. He is a member of several professional and scientific societies,
          including the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and the                      Recognition luncheon
          American Epilepsy Society and serves on the Technology Committee of
          the latter.                                                                          honors 20 staff members
              Dr. Spitz was awarded the “Hero of the Week” for Community Service by                On Friday, April 21, Dean Louis Diamond hosted a staff recognition
          the Rocky Mountain News in 1996, the Who’s Who in Medicine and                       luncheon in a charming old Victorian home and restaurant named Kate’s,
          Healthcare, the Commitment to Medical Excellence in Epilepsy Award in 2003           at 35th Avenue, in Denver.
          and was listed in the “Best Doctors in America 2003-2004.” He is an edi-                 Dean Diamond was joined by executive committee members Drs.
          tor for Epilepsy.com and has authored or coauthored numerous publica-                Ralph Altiere, David Hill and Cathy Jarvis to honor the 20 staff members
          tions and book chapters primarily on the subject of diagnosis and treat-             who attended. Dean Diamond spoke briefly to recognize the 200 plus
          ment of various forms of epilepsy.                                                   years of accumulated School of Pharmacy service from the staff and to
                                                                                               express appreciation for their dedicated service and contributions to the
             Supporting diversity                                                              School of Pharmacy’s continued success.

                                                                                               Pharmacy Challenges
                                                                                               Continued from page 12
                                                                                               an electronic pedigree, which is a          • The boss views time different-
                                                                                               record of the chain of custody from     ly than employees do.
                                                                                               the point of manufacture to the             • In your career, you’ll come to
                                                                                               point of dispensing.                    ethical forks in the road. An issue is
                                                                                                   “Eventually, we’ll have chips on    not always black or white. If you
                                                                                               the bottle and ultimately, on the       can’t explain to your elderly aunt
                                                                                               pill,” said Yost. “You’ll be able to    what you did and why, then you
                                                                                               track exactly where the merchan-        probably shouldn’t do it.
                                                                                               dise is at any time. You’ll know            “You should take pride in the
                                                                                               who’s got what prescriptions and        fact that you’re in a truly noble pro-
                                                                                               that privacy issue makes people jit-    fession,” he said. “It’s not just the
                                                                                               tery.”                                  products you’ve got, but the infor-
            James Chung and Nedra Dunn, of Safeway, present Dean Louis Diamond
                                                                                                Yost ended the presentation with       mation you have about the prod-
            and Development Director Sheldon Steinhauser with a check in April. This
                                                                                                his rules of professional conduct:     ucts. People’s lives literally depend
            generous gift is slated for support of the school’s diversity students and is in
                                                                                                   • E-mails are forever.              on what you do. It’s important that
            addition to Safeway’s annual gift to the school’s endowment fund, which
                                                                                                   • There is no such thing as a       you take your job seriously.”
            underwrites needed student services.
                                                                                               corporate secret.
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                   Address
                   City, State and Zip Code
                   Phone                         E-mail
                                                                                                                                    Faculty, students
                   You may publish my _____ address         _____ phone    _____ email
                                                                                                                                    and families enjoy
                   Spouse also CU alumni?                     Year?                                                                 commencement
                   I’d like my former classmates to know:                                                                           banquet
                                    Please mail to:
                                    School of Pharmacy, 4200 E. Ninth Ave., Mail Stop C-238
                                    Denver, CO 80262 OR E-mail to: SOP.alumni@UCHSC.edu
                                                                                 Nonprofit Organization    Also Inside:
                                                                                     U.S. Postage         Edward Skaff looks back
                              School of Pharmacy                                         PAID
                                                                                     Boulder, CO
                                                                                                          on pharmacy career –
                              Mail Stop C-238
                              4200 E. Ninth Ave.                                    Permit No. 257        page 2
                              Denver, CO 80262
                                                                                                          Pharmacy in 2015 –
                              Address service requested
                                                                                                          page 4
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